some good climber from Everest should be able to gave more sigh to navigate.
Get ready for a bubble burst here. I currently have the pleasure of having Phil Crampton in my AIARE 2 course ATM. He attended an AIARE 1 a couple weeks ago and is observing these courses so he can try to bring some structured avalanche awareness back to his 40+ Sherpa Team... Some things he has taught me the last couple weeks:
1) Everest climbers (and most high altitude climbers) in general have little snow sense. If it is snowing, they leave the mountain and go home. It's too dangerous (kinda goes against your whole "climb in the snowstorm mentality".
2) They can't navigate. Most climbers, guides, and Sherpa follow very defined routes. The Sherpa's (who live there) would be lost if they were brought to a new mountain route a few kilometers away. He said most don't know how to use a compass, though they love to search for buried beacons (pretty much always recovery in these areas).
3) We handle cold better. Phil thought our field session at 3000 feet today was a bit brutal and was amazed guides were up on the summit cone today in -50 wind chills. These conditions would keep most high altitude climbers, guides, and sherpas from leaving their sleeping bags. Washington really is an amazing training ground!
So... "good climber from Everest".... think again. Endurance, Fitness, Money, and luck (handling high altitude), will get you up Everest. Skills? Few are needed... especially navigational skills...https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phil_Crampton